The Cable waiting game begins


There’s a raucous meeting of some sort going on behind the thin walls between the media room and the club facility, but the open locker room period was largely devoid of activity.

Only a few players trickled in between 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Monday in advance of an 11 o’clock team meeting, all voicing support for coach Tom Cable as well as addressing concerns about a potential work stoppage.

Punter Shane Lechler, asked about the difference between the Raiders of past years and the 2010 version, continued his campaign for Cable.

“I think it was, to tell you the truth I think it was Cabes,’’ Lechler said. “Cable came in and was like, ‘Hey guys, this is what we’re going to do. We’re going to win the AFC West and we’re going to go do this and we’re going to compete and we’re going to win.

“He really helped this team out because he’s a blue-collar coach, and that’s what this organization I think needs. He’s not going to – excuse my French – he’s not going to (B.S.) you.

“He’s a straight shooter, and that’s how he is. That’s what I enjoy about him. I enjoy playing for him. Hopefully he’s here for a while. But I really do really, seriously think he’s the main reason we’ve got this thing headed back in the right direction.’’

Lechler has read the reports _ both ESPN’s Adam Schefter and the NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi have said Cable is “unlikely’’ to return _ and hopes they’re not true.

“That would be a shame. I seriously believe that it would set us back again,’’ Lechler said. “I can’t go through another head coach, man. I just can’t. I’ve been through too many of them. And they all come in here and say the same thing, ‘I’m going to do this, I’m going to turn this …’

“No, you’re not. I’d rather be with the guy that’s here right now, and we’ll roll with him.”

Lechler has played for six head coaches in 11 seasons _ Jon Gruden (2000-2001), Bill Callahan (2002-03), Norv Turner (2004-05), Art Shell (2006), Lane Kiffin (2006-07) and Cable (2007-present).

Tight end Zach Miller said if Cable weren’t retained “That would be a disappointment for everyone on the team. We’ve rallied behind him and he’s always been an honest coach with us, a great guy we follow. I don’t think anybody on the team wants that.’’

Said linebacker Ricky Brown: “You know what, I think he’s done a great job here. It seems like that other rumor started yesterday and we were kind of taken aback by it. None of that stuff, the players have no control over that, and the only thing we can do is play.’’

Brown, however, was realistic enough to understand there’s always a possibility of change and donned his silver and black colored glasses to look at the bright side.

“There’s a lot of respect for coach Cable just as there was a lot of respect for Art Shell when he was here.’’

Cable meets with the media for his weekly press briefing at 2 p.m.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • W B

    Cable has not had three full seasons. Kiffin coached the first four games of Cable’s first year, as we all know. So Cable is 17-27 as of right now, and I think that the Raiders can afford to give him one more year to produce that winning record and get to the playoffs. If you want to split hairs, here’s his record in 16 game sections:

    Y1: 5-11
    Y2: 5-11
    Y3: 7-5

    If we win 2 out of 4 to open the season, he will be 9-7 at the completion of his third full season. Does that mean extend him for another couple of years? No. It means that if he finishes out the season and we do not make the playoffs, then it’s time to look in another direction. The thing is, I don’t think Cable’s record the last few years is going to make a damn bit of difference in if he stays or not. I think it is going to come down to whether Jackson wants a head coaching job or not. If Davis decides he has promote Jackson to keep him, Cable will be out of a job, which I think will be a shame, because I think he is a good coach for this team. Fair? Not really, but what in life is?

  • 47.Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Says:
    January 3rd, 2011 at 12:52 pm
    I agree with Lowdown. The ONLY way you replace Cable is with a MAJOR upgrade.

    That wouldn’t be difficult….who is your local HS coach? Probably a better coach than Cable.

  • JB

    Cable earned another year by his 6-0 performance in the division. Changing the head coach now would be pure insanity unless it was John Gruden or John Madden (which is NOT going to happen). If AD fires TC, then he will confirm he’s the loony owner many think he is. The last thing this team needs is another new HC. HC continuity is important and to upset that cart now could totally destroy the good things that have been accomplished this last year.

    AD needs to focus all his efforts on signing the following key players:
    • M. Bush – Starting #2RB
    • Z. Miller – Starting TE
    • M. Huff – Starting Safety
    • R. Seymour – Starting DT
    • R. Gallery – Starting LG
    • S. Satele – Starting C
    • H. Eugene – Starting ST
    • S. Routt – Starting RCB
    • M. Henderson – BU OT
    • J. Henderson – Starting #2 DT
    and, bringing in key FA’s. The draft will be more important than ever because we don’t have a #1 pick this year so every one that we do have must really count.

    Let the Cable guy stay. Beef up the O-line, Bring in some additional WR & QB help, draft a new C, ROT & ORG, DT & OLB, convert DHB to a CB and it will be playoffs and who knows what next year.

  • JFB, what do you mean Cable was 8-8 in his first year with a real QB? Why didn’t he have a real QB in 2009? Was there no QB on the roster capable of getting the job done? If not, why didn’t he give Al the ultimatum of either getting him a real QB, or he’d resign? What kind of coach would just accept not having a solid QB, or would allow the best QB on the roster to ride the bench? Answer: One with no spine. No thanks.

  • # JLofty Says:
    January 3rd, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    RMR there is ZERO chance of any of those guys working at 1220 HarborBay Parkway. Zero, nada, 0.


    False. The only way there is zero chance is if they’re dead.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Dakota, STFU! You thought Kiffin had the team headed in the right direction!

  • Yeah Al, pick up Cable’s option….it is a two year option you know, so when you fire him after 2011 you will still owe him the $2.5 million for 2012!

    We’ve seen enough to know Cable isn’t HC material Al, let the guy walk and move on to a legit HC NOW. We are 8-8 and the job looks much better to potential HC candidates…strike while the iron is hot.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jeff Jagodzinski has been fired as head coach of the Omaha Nighthawks


    thanks for the info.

    we FINALLY know now what team is considering Hue Jackson for a Head Coaching position!

  • I simply reject this notion that this wasn’t Cable’s 3rd year. Kiffin was on the outs the minute that big scandal broke after the ’07 season. Since that time, Cable was being groomed for the job. Remember all of those “In Cable I Trust” comments in here? Why would fans suddenly just start bringing him up? He was the offensive line coach! What fans are that cognitive of their team’s o line coach? Give me a break. Cable was probably only hired as a backup to Kiffin in case Kiffin didn’t work out, because it’s really funny when fans start calling for the o line coach to be prommoted…and suddenly he is! LOL

  • hwnrdr

    Who’s out there? You cannot replace Cable with someone else that is not HC material? If there is one in the waiting, then I’m all for it…

  • Gruden…Cowher..Parcells…Several successful college coaches. Give me a break. Who’s out there. LOL. Yeh, right. Who’s out there better than Tom Cable? LOL

  • RaiderRockstar

    Hue Jax + Bruce Almighty = UFL championship!

    wait … can Grads hold up for 8 straight games ???

  • YoungAmerican

    It’s not that there’s no one better than Tom Cable. It’s that there are few guys better than Tom Cable who would consider coming to Oakland.

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Hue as HC with McDaniels as OC. Not sure how I’d feel about McDaniels as HC, but at least he wouldn’t be able to make roster moves.

  • YoungAmerican Says:
    January 3rd, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    It’s not that there’s no one better than Tom Cable. It’s that there are few guys better than Tom Cable who would consider coming to Oakland.


    So, make them consider coming to Oakland.

    How long has Al Davis been in this business?

    He doesn’t know how to offer a coach a competitive contract?

    Is he retarded?

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson


    That is hilarious. I want some of what you’re on.

  • YoungAmerican

    Del Rio will stick in Jacksonville, so there goes at least one guy who might have considered coming here.

    John Fox apparently doesn’t want anything to do with Oakland.

    I’m really not sure who else would be an option for the Raiders at this juncture. And the DC spot is still a question mark since Marshall’s contract is up.

  • When you say we should get a coach that will work with Al, what does that mean? does it mean having a coach who will allow Al to force his will on them? That’s not “working with” someone. That’s being a puppet and allowing yourself to be scapegoated. Spineless coaches like that have been our downfall.

  • ArmChair GM

    # ArchiveTony Says:
    January 3rd, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    U need a dose of reality.
    O was explosive against really weak defenses.
    And what the NFL knows is that the AFC W is the second weakest div in the league.
    Yeah, we beat SD. What’s also obvious is cycles show all teams dip, and SD did as well.
    We got better, but are far from what you state, unfortunately

    Sorry Tony. But it is YOU who needs a dose of reality!

    Last time I checked we didn’t just beat San Diego. We SWEPT San Diego. Big difference there if you open your eyes.

    San Diego was near the top of the league in defense so what are you talking about, we were only explosive against really “weak” defenses???

    Kansas City and Seattle are also no defensive slouches either, and both of those teams are in the playoffs so again you fail buddy.

    The Raiders are back and you need to accept it. Or you can continue to wallow in your mediocrity. It’s your choice.

  • So make John Fox want something to do with Oakland. That doesn’t make any sense. “He doesn’t want anything to do with Oakland”, as if there’s no reason for that. Whatever reason is that he wants nothing to do with Oakland, make that right. I think there’s better coaches out there than Fox, anyway. Al should make a move for Gruden.

  • YoungAmerican

    So, make them consider coming to Oakland.

    How long has Al Davis been in this business?

    He doesn’t know how to offer a coach a competitive contract?

    Is he retarded?


    No, but he’s stubborn and thinks that he doesn’t have to pay his coaches. He also won’t give his coaches the power to implement their own schemes, hire their own assistants, and choose the roster. That’s always how its been. I hope he changes, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

  • you mean “work with” Al the way the president has been working with Republicans? No thanks. There’s a fine line between “working with”, or “compromising”, and just flat out being a beeyatch. The last thing we need is a coach who’ll work with Al. Everyone knows Al is crazy. Any head coach who gets hired here had better do what Gruden did, and what Kiffin at least tried to do. So what if Al fires them. Didn’t hurt Kiffin’s career. Didn’t hurt Gruden’s. Al sent Gruden right to immortality. SB victory his following year. There’s much bigger rewards in standing up to Al than there is “working with” him. LOL.

  • Tom Cable-“we’re not losers anymore!”

    Actually Tom, with a overall head coaching record of 28-62 you are going to be a loser for a long looooong time!

  • I hear you on the money, Young American. Al can hire anyone on the cheap if he wants to. Is that what he did with Cable? And you guys want to keep him? LOL.

  • Don’t know about you guys, but all I want is some farking continuity….

  • “Cable And Tester TxT

    I’ll share more if we get more, but, so far this has been my conversation via Text with Oakland head football coach Tom Cable.

    DT. Nice win against Kansas City Tom
    TC. Thank You David !
    DT. Is the Old Man buying into what you are trying to do yet
    TC. I really don’t know
    DT. Are you going to keep your job, or is he going to fire you
    TC. Business as usual.

    That was the end of the conversation or at least what I can share with you right now. I’m not sure if it means business as usual, Al Davis is a “tool” or business as usual “I’m still the coach.”

    Tom earned the right to keep his job, but, he may not, and if that happens as the best offensive line coach in the business and I would say viable head coaching candidate after dealing with the Davis debacle and still going 8-8, Cable will be employed next year. Just maybe not with the Raider nation.”

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    All MaddenRetard wants is Gruden.

  • YoungAmerican

    Just a few weeks ago, RMR, you were lambasting people around here for defending Al Davis. Now when everyone here is pointing out the obvious flaws in Davis’ management style, you refuse to acknowledge it. The thing is, you know better. You just want to troll instead.

  • aig-raiders

    I agree with Lechler. We dont need to start all over again. I’m so done with the musical chair. anyone that stopped 7 losing seasons deserver another shot.

  • aig-raiders


  • Dakota, Cable’s “we’re not losers anymore” sealed his fate. Al never thought they were losers. Always thought they were just a player or two away. “the mystique” is still there. Al has said that, when the Raiders were at their worst. When Cable says they’re not losers anymore, he’s implying that all of that time Al thought the Raiders still had the mystique, were just a player or two away…they were nothing more than losers. He’s gone.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    I think there is a pretty good chance of Gruden coming back. What do you think MaddenRetard?

  • YoungAmerican

    Al has a tendency to pick young, semi-obscure up-and-comers who have little or no head coaching experience in the NFL. He doesn’t have to pay them much because they just want a crack at a HC gig, and if it doesn’t pan out with Al they’ll at least have a resume that will get them jobs elsewhere.

    Personally, I don’t know who many fits the above description outside of Hue Jackson. Any ideas?

  • “We’re not losers anymore”…meaning, the Raiders were “losers”, in his mind, when they hired him. He was hired by losers, and turned them into winners, well, really, turned them into ‘non losers’, at .500. LOL. Al would have him killed if it were legal. It’s a matter of time before the story breaks. And it’s a good thing because we have to rebuild anyway. Cable’s had 3 years. That’s the industry standard. He’s had 2 big changes to prove himself at the end of this season, against Jax and Miami. Fail, and fail. Then the “we’re not losers anymore” comment. It’s a wrap.

  • GoodOle00

    Young team needs consistency. Cable stays

  • Young team needs good coaching. Cable must go.

  • Al needs to have a tendency to pick any coach that will win, if he wants to win. Does Al want to win, or not?

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    I think some of you don’t like Cable because he beat down your boy Gruden. Threw him out of the playoffs and out of a job.

  • Cable needs to be retained.

  • The consistency argument was last year’s argument. 3 years is the industry standard. You get 3, that’s it. This was Cable’s year to “cut it loose”, (his words). 8-8 is not cutting it loose. It’s where he should have been his first year. Second year at worst. He really should have been fired last year. Any organization that knew what they were doing would have. He was on borrowed time this year. Knew he had to win or else. Comes up short. Bye.

  • Cable needs to be retained. One more year..

    Agree with kell

  • If Cable isn’t retained I am going to become a Laker and a Yankee fan…

  • Young American, I don’t know why you’re explaining Al’s philosophy of hiring young, unexperienced coaches. Sports teams hiring coaches on the cheap is nothing new. I don’t know why you try to explain it like it’s some kind of unique philosophy that sets Al apart. LOL. It just puts him right there with the Bidwells and Sterlings. He’s part of a big flock of sheep who’ve owned sports teams and screwed their coaches.

  • 90.Kevin Flynn Says:
    January 3rd, 2011 at 3:08 pm
    Cable needs to be retained. One more year..

    Agree with kell
    Unfortunately, it is a 2 year extension. Think Al wants to pay Cable $2.5 million in 2012 when Al knows odds are Cable will be gone after 2011?

  • Trying to mythologize Al being a cheap skate. LOL. As if it’s that deep.

  • Keep Cable and smash-mouth football.

  • If not Cable then who?

    Cowher? Won’t happen
    Gruden? Already happened
    Harbaugh? Probably been turning Al down the past few
    Hue Jackson? Really? nah
    Josh McDaniels? Wouldn’t put it passed Alister D


  • Orthodoxdj

    Cable’s first year was for 12 games as INTERIM HC. It doesn’t count as a true year. To say he’s had three years isn’t fair.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    This young team at times looked dominant this season. When Cable got the job the tream was a JOKE. There has been obvious progress. They dominated the division and got dominated outside of it. Going forward, would you rather have it the other way around? Barring a Jim Harbaugh or Jeff Fisher miracle, the Raiders need to stay the course.

  • Who wouldn’t Cowher or Gruden come here?

  • Why wouldn’t Cowher or Gruden come here?